Arsenal refuse to increase Suarez bid

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Arsenal will not increase their £40m plus £1 offer for Luis Suarez - because they are confident it will be enough to bring the want-away Liverpool striker to the Emirates Stadium, according to the London Evening Standard.

The Gunners believe that the offer, which would smash the club's transfer record by some considerable margin, has triggered a genuine clause in the Uruguay international's contract - and they expect the Premier League to rule in their favour, if the matter goes that far.

Suarez himself is happy for the Premier League to intervene. In a joint interview with the Guardian the Telegraph, the 26-year-old made it crystal clear that his heart is set on leaving Anfield this summer, with Champions League football his primary concern.

Liverpool, though, remain defiant in their view that Arsenal's offer means negotiations must commence between the clubs - and nothing more.

If the Premier League rule in Liverpool's favour then the Gunners would need to significantly increase their offer in order to sign Suarez.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers recently indicated that the club would be looking for a fee closer to £100m than £50m for the prolific South American, which would all but end Suarez's hopes of joining the north London outfit before the end of the current transfer window.

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